My Educational Philosophy
A teacher, according to Webster’s New College Dictionary, is one who “imparts knowledge or skill.” In truth, however, the responsibilities of a teacher ascend far beyond this formal definition. For many year teachers as a whole have guided and molded each generation, thus have guided and molded the future. Being part of such a grandeur undertaking serves as ample motivation for entering the education field. Teaching will give me the opportunity to take part in one of the institutions that America prides herself on: public education. I will contribute to the goal of providing everyone, even the most disadvantaged, with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and better him or herself. I will help to pass on our culture, values and knowledge to the next generation. As an aspiring elementary school teacher, I also find motivators on a smaller scale. Working with children will teach me about myself and help me to continue my own learning throughout life. It will also provide me with an opportunity to impact many students’ individual lives. In my opinion, all students have an inherent desire to learn, some simply have yet to find it. It is the primary responsibility of the teacher to find this flame in children and then fuel it in the classroom. Because of this, elementary school teachers have many important decisions to make about the classroom and what will take place in it.
With some limitations, teachers basically design their own classroom. I think the first step in successfully teaching children is creating a rich learning environment. The physical environment of the classroom is very important. As a teacher, I plan to decorate my room with bright colors and themes conducive to learning. For example, if the class were learning about marine animals, various fish tanks and pictures of animals would be used as aides to learning. A classroom needs to be comfortable and pleasant. I would also like to use bulletin boards to help make the students feel important and good about themselves. In the lower grades I will use students’ artwork as decorators for bulletin boards. In higher grades their artwork will be used or they will even help to decorate the bulletin boards. Using the marine animal example again, I would hand out pictures of different animals and have the children color or paint them for decorations. If class size allows, I plan to have my students seated in a large semicircle, with my desk behind them. Hopefully I will have the time to make frequent changes in the way the class is set up and in the decorations throughout the school year in order to keep the students stimulated and interested.
Another important decision a teacher must deal with is that of the direction of their class. I plan to use a non-authoritarian approach. I realize that this approach can only be used to a certain extent since children need some degree of structure and order. ...